List of administrative districts and cities in Rhineland-Palatinate

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Frankenthal (Pfalz) Kaiserslautern Koblenz Landau in der Pfalz Landau in der Pfalz Ludwigshafen am Rhein Mainz Neustadt an der Weinstraße Pirmasens Speyer Trier Worms Zweibrücken Landkreis Ahrweiler Landkreis Altenkirchen (Westerwald) Landkreis Alzey-Worms Landkreis Bad Dürkheim Landkreis Bad Kreuznach Landkreis Bernkastel-Wittlich Landkreis Birkenfeld Landkreis Cochem-Zell Donnersbergkreis Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prüm Landkreis Germersheim Landkreis Kaiserslautern Landkreis Kusel Landkreis Mainz-Bingen Landkreis Mayen-Koblenz Landkreis Neuwied Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis Rhein-Lahn-Kreis Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis Landkreis Südliche Weinstraße Landkreis Südwestpfalz Landkreis Trier-Saarburg Landkreis Vulkaneifel Westerwaldkreis Baden-Württemberg Hessen Nordrhein-Westfalen Saarland Belgien Frankreich Luxemburg Niederlande
Counties and independent cities in Rhineland-Palatinate

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate is subdivided into a total of 24  districts and 12 independent cities . This list of the districts and independent cities in Rhineland-Palatinate gives a general overview of these including their most important data. The current administrative structure of the country came about through the district reform from 1969 to 1974 , in which the previous 39 districts and 12 independent cities were restructured. What is unique is that the district of Germersheim has retained its structure (with a small exception on March 16, 1974) to this day.

With 19,854.2 square kilometers, the state of Rhineland-Palatinate is the ninth largest state in the Federal Republic of Germany . In terms of population, it ranks seventh with 4,093,903 people. The average population density is 206 inhabitants per square kilometer, although this can vary greatly within the individual districts. The population density in the city of Mainz is 2236 inhabitants per square kilometer, in the Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis 507 inhabitants per square kilometer and in the Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prüm only 61 inhabitants per square kilometer. The most populous district is the district of Mayen-Koblenz with 214,434 inhabitants, the least populous district of Vulkaneifel with 60,646 inhabitants. The largest independent city is Mainz with 218,578 inhabitants. The largest district in terms of area is the Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prüm, which, with 1,626.22 square kilometers, ranks 47th in terms of the size of the districts in Germany. The smallest district is the Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis with 304.92 square kilometers.


The following list is structured as follows:

  • District, independent city: Name of the district or the independent city
  • District town: Name of the district town: The cell is empty for urban districts.
  • Coat of arms: official coat of arms of the district or the independent city
  • Location: Location map of the districts or cities within the state of Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Motor vehicle: vehicle registration number of the respective regional authority
  • Ew: Population of the respective regional authority as of December 31, 2019
  • Area: Area of ​​the respective regional authority in square kilometers (km²)
  • Ew / km²: population density in inhabitants per square kilometer
  • Remarks: further information on geographic features of the respective cities and districts is listed, including mountains, rivers and larger lakes
  • Image: a typical image from the region with which the respective regional authority is identified


District /
urban district
County seat coat of arms location Vehicle Ew Area
(in km²)
Ew / km² Remarks image
Ahrweiler Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler DEU Ahrweiler district COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate AW.svg AW 130.086 786.98 165 borders on North Rhine-Westphalia ; Rivers: Rhine and Ahr ; Parts of the Eifel in the district area Nürburgring
Altenkirchen (Westerwald) Altenkirchen (Westerwald) DEU Altenkirchen district COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate AK.svg AK 128,805 641.99 201 borders on North Rhine-Westphalia ; Rivers: Sieg , Wied and Nister ; Westerwald's Siegerland Herdorf
Alzey-Worms Alzey DEU Alzey-Worms district COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate AZ.svg AZ 129,687 588.15 220 borders on Hessen ; River: Rhine ; Alzeyer Hügelland , parts of Rheinhessische Schweiz Alzeyer Castle
Bad Dürkheim Bad Dürkheim Bad Dürkheim district coat of arms.svg Rhineland-Palatinate DÜW.svg DÜW 132,671 594.76 223 Palatinate , parts of the Palatinate Forest Dürkheim giant barrel
Bad Kreuznach Bad Kreuznach DEU Bad Kreuznach district COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate KH.svg KH 158.345 863.76 183 River: Nahe ; Hunsrück , Rheinhessen , North Palatinate Uplands Neustadt in Bad Kreuznach
Bernkastel-Wittlich Wittlich DEU District Bernkastel-Wittlich COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate WIL.svg WIL, BKS 112,483 1,167.56 96 River: Moselle ; Eifel , Hunsrück , highest mountain in Rhineland-Palatinate Erbeskopf View from the Erbeskopf
Birch field Birch field DEU District Birkenfeld COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate BIR.svg BIR 80,951 776.58 104 borders on the Saarland ; River: Nahe ; Hunsrück ; Westrich Oberstein Castle
Cochem cell Cochem DEU District Cochem-Zell COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate COC.svg COC, ZEL 61,375 692.33 89 River: Moselle ; Eifel , Hunsrück Cochem
Donnersbergkreis Kirchheimbolanden DEU Donnersbergkreis COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate KIB.svg KIB, ROK 75,325 645.52 117 River: Alsenz ; Nordpfälzer Bergland , Palatinate Forest ; highest mountain in the Palatinate Donnersberg Thunder Mountain
Eifel district Bitburg-Prüm Bitburg DEU Eifelkreis Bitburg-Pruem COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate BIT.svg BIT, PRÜ 99.058 1,626.22 61 Largest district in terms of area in Rhineland-Palatinate; until the end of 2006 called "Bitburg-Prüm"; borders on Belgium and Luxembourg and on North Rhine-Westphalia ; Rivers: Kyll , Nims , Prüm , Our and Sauer ; Eifel Prüm Abbey
Frankenthal (Pfalz)
(independent city)
  DEU Frankenthal COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate FT.svg FT 48,762 43.76 1114 River: Isenach ; Upper Rhine Plain Frankenthal town hall
Germersheim Germersheim DEU District of Germersheim COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate GER.svg GER 129.013 463.35 278 borders on France and Baden-Württemberg ; Rivers: Rhine , Lauter ; Upper Rhine Graben Germersheim Fortress
(independent city)
  Kaiserslautern city coat of arms.svg Rhineland-Palatinate KL (urban) .svg KL 100.030 139.74 716 River: Louder ; Palatinate Forest Fritz Walter Stadium
Kaiserslautern Kaiserslautern DEU District Kaiserslautern COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate KL (rural) .svg KL 105,979 639.88 166 borders on the Saarland ; River: Louder ; Palatinate Forest , North Palatinate Uplands Landstuhl, the largest city in the district, from a bird's eye view
(independent city)
  DEU Koblenz COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate KO.svg KO 114.052 105.13 1085 Rivers: Rhine and Moselle ( Deutsches Eck ); Foothills of the Maifeld , the Westerwald and the Hunsrück Deutsches Eck
Kusel Kusel DEU Kusel district COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate KUS.svg KUS 70.219 573.28 122 borders on the Saarland ; Rivers: Lauter and Glan ; North Palatinate Uplands Old town of Kusel
Landau in der Pfalz
(independent city)
  DEU Landau in the Palatinate COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate LD.svg LD 46,881 82.96 565 Palatinate Forest , Upper Rhine Plain Market square in Landau
Ludwigshafen am Rhein
(independent city)
  DEU Ludwigshafen COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate LU.svg LU 172.253 77.55 2221 borders on Baden-Wuerttemberg and forms a dual center with the directly adjacent Baden-Wuerttembergian Mannheim ; River: Rhine ; Upper Rhine Graben BASF high-rise
(independent city)
  Coat of arms of Mainz-2008 new.svg Rhineland-Palatinate MZ.svg MZ 218,578 97.74 2236 State capital, largest city in Rhineland-Palatinate; borders on Hesse and forms a double center with the directly adjacent Hessian Wiesbaden ; River: Rhine Mainz Cathedral
Mainz-Bingen Ingelheim am Rhein DEU Mainz-Bingen district COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate MZ (rural) .svg MZ , BIN 211,417 605.77 349 borders on Hessen ; Rivers: Rhine and Nahe ; Rheinhessen Binger mouse tower
Mayen-Koblenz Koblenz DEU Mayen-Koblenz district COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate MYK.svg MYK, MY 214,434 817.25 262 most populous district of Rhineland-Palatinate; Rivers: Rhine , Moselle , Nette and Elzbach ; Westerwald , Maifeld , Pellenz Eltz Castle
Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
(independent city)
  DEU Neustadt an der Weinstrasse COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate NW.svg NW 53,264 117.1 455 River: Speyerbach ; Haardt , Upper Rhine Plain Hambach Castle
Neuwied Neuwied DEU Neuwied district COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate NR.svg NO 182.811 626.9 292 borders on North Rhine-Westphalia ; Rivers: Rhine , Wied ; Westerwald Neuwied Castle
(independent city)
  Coat of arms Pirmasens.svg Rhineland-Palatinate PS (urban) .svg PS 40.231 61.37 656 Palatinate Forest Old town hall in Pirmasens
Rhein-Hunsrück district Simmern / Hunsrück DEU Rhein-Hunsrueck-Kreis COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate SIM.svg SIM, GOA 103.163 991.12 104 River: Rhine ; Hunsrück Oberwesel
Rhein-Lahn district Bad Ems DEU Rhein-Lahn-Kreis COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate EMS.svg EMS, DIZ, GOH 122.297 782.29 156 borders on Hessen ; Rivers: Rhine and Lahn ; Westerwald and Taunus Marksburg
Rhine-Palatinate District Ludwigshafen am Rhein DEU Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate RP.svg RP 154,609 304.92 507 smallest district of Rhineland-Palatinate in terms of area; borders on Hesse and Baden-Württemberg ; River: Rhine ; until 2003 district of Ludwigshafen Old town hall in Schifferstadt
(independent city)
  DEU Speyer COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate SP.svg SP 50,561 42.6 1187 borders on Baden-Württemberg ; Rivers: Rhine and Speyerbach ; Upper Rhine Plain Speyer Cathedral
Southern Wine Route Landau in the Palatinate Wappen Landkreis Südliche Weinstrasse.svg Rhineland-Palatinate SÜW.svg SOUTH 110,521 639.83 173 borders on France ; Rivers: Lauter and Queich ; Palatinate Forest and Upper Rhine Plain ; is on the German Wine Route German Wine Route near Edesheim
Southwest Palatinate Pirmasens DEU District of Suedwestpfalz COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate PS (rural) .svg PS , ZW 94,831 953.65 99 borders on France and the Saarland ; Source of the Lauterbach; Palatinate Forest and Westrich plateau Maiden jump in Dahn
(independent city)
  DEU Trier COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate TR (urban) .svg TR 111,528 117.13 952 River: Moselle ; Foothills of the Hunsrück and the Eifel Porta Nigra
Trier-Saarburg trier DEU Trier-Saarburg district COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate TR (rural) .svg TR, SAB 149,398 1,101.49 136 borders on Luxembourg and the Saarland ; Rivers: Moselle , Sauer , Saar Ruwer ; Hunsrück Saarburg
Vulkaneifel Down DEU Vulkaneifel district COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate DAU.svg DAU 60,646 911.02 67 least populous district in Rhineland-Palatinate; until the end of 2006 designation of the Daun district ; borders on North Rhine-Westphalia ; River: Kyll ; Eifel Dauner Maare
Westerwaldkreis Montabaur DEU Westerwaldkreis COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate WW.svg WW 201.904 988.95 204 borders on North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse ; Rivers: nisters ; Wied and Sayn ; Westerwald ; was created in 1974 from the Unterwesterwaldkreis and Oberwesterwaldkreis districts Montabaur Castle
(independent city)
  DEU Worms COA.svg Rhineland-Palatinate WO.svg WHERE 83,542 108.73 768 borders on Hessen ; Rivers: Rhine ; Awl ; Upper Rhine Plain Worms Cathedral
(independent city)
  Coat of arms Zweibrücken.svg Rhineland-Palatinate ZW.svg ZW 34.193 70.64 484 borders on the Saarland ; Rivers: Schwarzbach ; Hornbach ; Westrich Zweibrücken Ducal Castle
Rhineland-Palatinate 4,093,903 19,854.2 206

See also

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. Territorial status: Territorial area in square kilometers - reference date 31.12. - Regional depth: municipalities, joint / association municipalities (accessed online on February 23, 2016)
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